Army assures troops in Jaffna will be reduced

The army has assured a visiting parliamentary delegation from the Czech Republic that the presence of troops in Jaffna will be reduced.

The Defence Ministry said that the delegation met the Commander of the Security forces in Jaffna Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and other senior military officers.

A the meeting the delegation was appraised of the present situation of the region and army’s involvement in the post war development process.

Responding to questions raised by the delegations, the Jaffna Commander elaborated on troop reductions in Jaffna.

He further explained that reduction of troops will continue in future in keeping with national security requirements, the Defence ministry said.

The delegation was also enlightened on the army’s role in demining, rehabilitation and other people oriented welfare initiatives that are in place to assist the resettlement of the displaced people.

The Czech delegation comprised of the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee David Vodrazk MP, Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Katerina Konecna MP and six other MPs and ambassadorial officials.